President says first lady ‘truly loves what she is doing’ after report to contrary
President Donald Trump arrives for meeting with the House Republican Conference in the Capitol earlier this month to discuss that chamber's tax overhaul bill. He will do the same on Tuesday on the Senate side as a separate GOP bill appears to lack the votes to pass. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Hours before a pair of high-stakes meetings with GOP lawmakers and leaders from both parties, President Donald Trump was focused not on an embattled tax bill or an end-of-year spending bill. Instead, he was tweeting about professional football players.
Trump is scheduled to make the mile drive up Pennsylvania Avenue for midday remarks before the Senate Republican conference to wrangle votes for a tax measure that appears to lack the necessary 50 votes to pass. And later in the afternoon, the president will host the “Big Four” congressional Republican and Democratic leaders at the executive mansion to discuss pending legislative matters, including a politically tricky spending bill that’s needed to avert a government shutdown.